Crystal Palace 1, Norwich City 1

Norwich City's Bradley Johnson curls the visitors in front during a 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Bradley Johnson curls the visitors in front during a 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
4:59 PM

Norwich City survived Leroy Fer’s late sending off to earn a Premier League point in a 1-1 New Year’s Day draw at Crystal Palace played in atrocious conditions at Selhurst Park.

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The game only went ahead after two pitch inspections following heavy rain and winds but City returned to Norfolk with a point against the Eagles that extended their unbeaten away run in the league to three matches following the victory at West Brom and draw at Sunderland before Christmas.

Bradley Johnson superbly sidefooted Norwich in front in the 39th minute but Palace levelled from the penalty spot through Jason Puncheon five minutes later when Fer was adjudged to have shoved Mile Jedinak. The Dutch international picked up a second yellow in the 83rd minute for a lunging challenge on the Eagles’ captain but City played out the time that remained with few real alarms.

Hughton made two changes to his starting line up from the weekend Premier League defeat to Manchester United. Steven Whittaker replaced Russell Martin with Michael Turner returning from suspension to partner Sebastien Bassong in central defence. Jonny Howson missed his fourth festive game with a back injury.

Palace appeared to have the best of the elements behind them in the opening period with a howling gale whipping rain straight into John Ruddy’s goalmouth. Robert Snodgrass teased a free kick into the area that Johnson headed wide under pressure. Snodgrass again aimed for Johnson but Damien Delaney headed clear at his near post. Puncheon fluffed his lines at the far post after Wes Hoolahan was robbed by Joel Ward. Snodgrass took emergency action to halt Yannick Bolasie 25 yards out but Jedinak whipped a free kick up and over Ruddy’s bar.

Turner’s positioning bailed out Norwich in the 15th minute when Cameron Jermone rose unmarked but failed to anticipate the trajectory of Puncheon’s cross. Kagisho Dikgacoi was cautioned for a clear tug back on Martin Olsson which gave Snodgrass the chance to pick out Bassong who headed at Julian Speroni from 16 yards. Dikgacoi then attempted a speculative volley after a prolonged period when the elements continued to dictate the flow of a bitty contest.

Jerome sliced a sharp chance wide at the far post in the 31st minute after Puncheon had initially closed down Olsson. Ruddy needed treatment in the immediate aftermath following a sliding stop which had taken him on a collision course with his right-hand post. Leroy Fer surged forward to control Snodgrass’ cut-back but dragged tamely wide at the other end and then Turner was out-muscled by Delaney in his bid to get a decisive touch to Snodgrass’ hanging corner with the blustery conditions returning after a brief respite.

City, however, defied the worsening weather to make the breakthrough in the 39th minute with Johnson sidefooting past Speroni from 20 yards on his right foot after Hoolahan and Hooper had robbed Danny Gabbidon. Palace surged forward in search of a response with Olsson heading Jerome’s goalbound header off his own line seconds after Chamakh and Hoolahan had both been cautioned following an altercation where the home striker appeared to grab Hoolahan around the throat.

City’s lead lasted barely five minutes when Fer was adjudged to have shoved Jedinak at Ruddy’s near post and Puncheon sent the Norwich keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Ruddy’s handling was tested severely immediately on the restart when he was forced to bat away Puncheon’s swerving cross. Hoolahan slipped a reverse ball inside Ward for Redmond but his cross was kicked away by Speroni at his near post. Turner then miscued his intended clearance before Jerome lashed over from seven yards when City were unable to deal with the dipping corner that followed, but the big centre back was forced off minutes later after appearing to suffer an injury in his attempts to clear.

Pulis introduced Dwight Gayle for Jerome just past the hour mark in a clear signal of intent from the Eagles’ chief. Gary Hooper was picked out by Johnson in the 68th minute for his first clear sighter of the day but after rolling Gaibbdon he dragged at Speroni from 20 yards. Elmander replaced Hoolahan shortly after but the Swede’s first involvement was a painful one when he suffered a gashed mouth in an aerial duel with Jedinak.

Referee Dean waved away home penalty appeals in the 76th minute when Ward’s curling centre struck Johnson’s outstretched hands inside the visitors’ penalty area. Johnson’s deflected strike then slammed against Adrian Mariappa 20 yards out after Palace failed to deal with Snodgrass’ initial free kick. City were caught out by Palace’s swift set piece in the 81st minute but Ward’s cross drifted behind to groans from the Eagles’ fans.

Norwich were forced to play out the remaining seven minutes of normal time with 10 men when Fer earned a second yellow for diving in at Jedinak which prompted Hughton to withdraw Hooper for Martin in a bid to preserve a hard-earned point.

• Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Ward, Bolasie (Williams 80), Jedinak, Dikgacoi (Parr 45), Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome (Gayle 62). Subs (not used): Price, Moxey, Bannan, Phillips.

• Bookings: Dikgacoi (foul on Olsson. 16); Chamakh (foul on Hoolahan, 41).

• Goal: Puncheon (44).

• Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner (Bennett 54), Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Redmond, Hoolahan (Elmander 69), Hooper (Martin 85). Subs (not used): Bunn, van Wolfswinkel, Becchio, Murphy.

• Bookings: Fer (foul on Jedinak, 44) Hoolahan (foul on Chamakh, 41).

• Sending off: Fer (foul on Jedinak, 83).

• Goal: Johnson (39).

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 4 minutes

• Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

• Attendance: 25,189 (2,588 away)

47 comments

  • Why do the so called 'happy clappers' always use words like "stupid" and "troll" and "moron" and " hate" ?

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Under the present football management the team has gone backwards in terms of performance and results. There is no sign of improvement and enough time has elapsed.. Therefore, a change of management is required to try and keep us in the Premier League. The Board must act now before it is too late.

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    NorCas

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • I just cant find a single positive wherever i look..failed to beat Fulham,Palace,Swansea,Cardiff, Hull, Sunderland etc etc. These are the games that will relegate us. We cannot keep not scoring and expect to stay up.

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    woodfarm canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Leroy Fer - 1 stupid push in the box (something he also did @ Stoke away as well) and 2 yellow cards. Let's home Jonny Howson is back sometime soon.

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    Benji Dubai

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Melvyn, its one point from the last possible nine, and three from the last possible fifteen ! However, I guess the board do there talking behind closed doors...... We'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • There are swings and roundabouts. Deserved more from the Man Utd game than today. (Spurs have just won at Old Trafford.) Threw it away against Fulham but fortunate to beat West Ham. The squad should be good enough to keep City out of the relegation zone. In other words to have beaten both Fulham and West Ham. City are the highest placed of the six main relegation candidates.

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    Capri

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Thanks DC for correcting my points tally went back to the days when it was two points for a win , Senior moment, the correct tally is horrendous. CH will get the dreaded vote of confidence from the board soon. Norwich old boy Tim Sherwood seems to be doing ok with Spurs do we have a similar candidate in Neil Adams ?

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • 1 point out of 9 over the hols. Enough to save Hughton's neck yet again? I am rueing(!) that we missed out on OGS.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • I was there yesterday and didn't expect a good game in the atrocious conditions. Did we deserve to win? No, not if Fer is going to push players over in the area and give away a penalty but they were lucky to have 10 outfield players still on the pitch. Don't give a stuff about the FA Cup, let's see what happens against Everton and the future games but we need to pick up some points as the 'easier' games are gone. OTBC.

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    FXT Canary

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Watched the game on NBC Sports. I do think NCFC were unlucky that Chamakh stayed on after the open handed slap or punch on Hoolahan. Having said that. there was midfield urgency or capability to win balls, and really upset to see smiles on NCFC players after poor passes as they raised their hands in half-hearted apologies. Conditions were appalling is the only saving grace.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • totally agree north folk

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    harry mcardle

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • You got another lucky point you should be happy make the most of it you losers aren't gonna get many more

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    Townman

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • City escaped with a point today. Palace fans will be disappointed. Failure to get more than one point in the previous three games has put the Canaries in trouble. Doubtful the Board will remove Hughton whilst City are out of the bottom three. The teams below us are also struggling and may save our season. Can the club save themselves rather than rely on others? Palace have only got one point off City this season, for example.

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    Capri

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Well, if it's 3 from the last 5 at that rate we'll fetch up with 31 points and be relegated. Somebody wake up.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Oldtimer mentions Southampton because they are higher than us in the table. He does not mention that other team we are meant to be as good as though, Swansea. Why is that? Oh because despite having a "good" manager and having spent double what we have over the past few years they only have one more point. And to clarify for the stupid out there, Southampton are bankrolled. Their fans question their spending after administration. Seventy million including 15 million on a striker who is barely performing better than Wolfie. We are where we should be for our spending over the past five years. Even Cardiff have spent almost double what we have. Wake up to reality - we were only ever going to be trying to avoid relegation this season. Too many norwich "fans" have turned into expectant children.

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    jhayles

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • @Stew Pydsodd . We probably have ncfc boy to thank for his sinister comment that caused the plug to be pulled on all postings.

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    mellow yellow

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • I didn't think that I would ever say it, but a Pulis-managed side actually played better football than us today.

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    TiminCarlisle

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • We have been awful over Christmas, and Hughton survives because the board take the glass half full view by seeing us as 3 points from midtable, rather than 3 points from the relegation zone. Todays excuses? Probably the weather conditions, and the fact that Pulis has motivated his new team. The positive? We took a point where I expected us to lose. We now have 20 points. an average of 1 a game and that is skin of the teeth survival stuff. That my friends, seems to be enough for our illustrious MD and board. It's gonna be another squeaky bum season. The chairman wanted a top ten finish. So did the fans. Now we'll hang on for 4th from bottom. I left Liverpool several years ago, and moved my allegiance to Norwich. I was brought up on the Kop. My sons in the Jarrold. In spite of everything, I dont regret the move....I must be a masochist!

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • If you're playing against 11 men and a referee you've got no chance.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • You are right North Folk. If our form gets any worse we'll have to change colours to Bitter Blue + White + get held to a home draw by 19th placed Charlton in the Chumpionship, like some bunch of useless chavtown no-hopers who've not won anything in the last 30 years....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • The Manager needs to coach! Snodgrass is one dimensional, Johnson cant pass, Ollson strikes fear into his fellow defenders every time the ball goes near him, Fer has to take 4 touches before he'll release the ball, and although both Bassong and Turner had a good season last year we're in need of two centre backs! I've been to every game and the same crap is served up week in week out

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    Benji Dubai

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Man of the Match today - Mike Dean ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Well over Christmas, with two home matches, we manage to get one point from a possible nine. Quite unbelievable and still we wait for some reaction from the board. It seems the board are going to sanction Hughtons continued failure as manager. When we get relegated the board and McNally will be just as culpable as our so called manager and his loonie side kicks.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Presumably it was a bit too windy and rainy for our Wolf today? Or wasn't it the right sort of grass for his toe muscle. Or maybe he doesn't play on a Wednesday? Whatever the reason, that's another weeks wages wasted. Any of the believers still think he is the biggest, best signing in our clubs history, ever, ever!? At least we'll get to see him on Sat with the rest of the reserves when we guide Fulham into the 4th round as comfortably as possible

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    North folk

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Well that was about as predictable as it could've been. Pretty depressing and a better team would've beaten us out of sight. I was determined to give CH until Christmas but I can't see it getting any better so enough is enough for me. Fer should've got a straight red for that two footed tackle and Chamahk should've gone too. Bad day all round.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Again, we were hanging on for a point rather than going for a win. The management team is far too defensive I am afraid.We need a change of management team but it appears that the board will not get rid of the manager so might I suggest we bring in either an attacking coach or a director of football. My suggestion would be Glen Hoddle, David Platt or even Mike Phelan.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Algarve- I've lived the last 50 years about 10 miles from Old Trafford. Welcome to the "club" ( pun intended) !

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Gruff, I fear you might be right.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • excuses, excuses, excuses, and more excuses one point out of six over this busy period , totally disillusioned with how our club is being managed , why no comments from upstairs.

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • We are beginning look like one of the the proverbial 3 worst teams in the PL. Action required now by DM.

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Stew , could it be because i reported NCFC Boys comments to AR_chant and then used the board to tell him so. If so massive reaction by ar- c hant. Ho Hum frree speech suffers though.[ come on archant restore all the other board warts and all]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • I am afraid the situation is dire, given our continued failure to win games against our fellow mid to low league opposition. Hughton and his management team have proved they have no idea how to halt let alone reverse the decline and it is clear unless they are replaced now we are certs to be relegated. However I share a lot of the posts here who fear the Board will not take the necessary steps but will let this shipwreck crash onto the rocks.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • So that is 3 points won out of the last five games - really is relegation form at the moment. We are not likely to get much charity at Everton, so that leaves Hull & Newcastle at home as the only realistic chances of picking up points in January. Given who we play in the last four games, do you think it is time to start being worried about us hanging onto our PL status ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Thanks jhayles for putting your point of view. I do not agree that we are "Children" for expecting to be a bit better and a bit higher in the league than where we are at the moment. Had we been out there battling for every point, I would probably be on your side but the fact is that many of the dropped points were opportunities thrown away by poor tactics or a failure to use substitutes constructively. The players do not look happy or motivated and the squad has deficiencies which could have been rectified. Why was there no attempt to get Curtis Davies last Summer for example when an attempt was made last January. The problem had not gone away and is now back worse than ever. Sorry but if we get relegated as looks increasingly likely, the verdict will be suicide or negligence rather than death by misadventure.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • What a total SHOWER but whats new? same week after week... get use to it..lol

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    Footyboy16

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • A point away is a point won but the same old sterile performance with the approach play of a hungover tortoise.I'm sure our lads can pass and move purposely in a forward direction but our obeying instructions to take no risks to avoid conceding a goal instead of actually scoring one.Howson is the only one who sometimes disobeys his master's voice.Perhaps he is not really injured but is being punished for doing so.Wes is a player who is a creator of scoring chances which is why he doesn't fit into the Manager's mindset and does not start often.If we survive it will only be because there are even worse teams than us at present.

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    irongloves

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Yeah, well, we're swinging a bit low, eh? We shouldve got 10 points at least from the last 5 games. I said before that we won't go down this season because there will be 3 teams worse than we are. Now I'm not so sure.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • A draw... if it had been a loss there may have been a change, now it will trundle on to the next bore draw, imaginative first sub...

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • DM normally keeps very close to his chest but I cannot believe he is happy with we are. I hope he is not keeping him because he feels responsible for recruiting him. CH looked a reasonable choice at the time and no one can be right all the time. With regard to team strengthening, just who of any note would want to come here? Both players and their agents can what our position is so why take the risk?

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    andy

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Just what has happened to ALL of the comments on the 'Bradley Sniping story'....Did someone at Archant pull the wrong plug out? My contributions were as follows!…..Bradley!....Very few of the fans have written you and your colleagues off as you put it.....We can see that most of you are trying to follow the instructions you are ordered to obey! ..What we cannot come to terms with, is the attitude of the manager who IS writing you off before each game....He cannot find his best starting eleven after 18 months trying, and hides behind one excuse after another! …. Many – not all - followers of this club have had enough, and want Mr McNally to allow him and his coaching staff, a long period of 'Gardening Leave'....Allowing someone with a different set of values the opportunity to put them into practice.....I rate you as a player, but not as a spokesman!.....Surely that is the job for one or both of our Captains who seem to be taking back seats for some reason!..... I wish you and the rest of your team a Happy New Year....keep doing you best under difficult circumstances!..... …..Les! Old timer!....we people of a certain age sitting in our armchairs and watching everything in fine detail have a much larger idea of developments on the field of play than those with tunnel vision or restricted views...and if you are sitting on your seat at Carrow Road, your view is well restricted unless you sit in a similar position to Delia on either side of the pitch.....Watching from the side lines at ground level is definitely not the best place to be....We do not expect every player to be perfect in everything they do, but can see much easier when mistakes are happening, because of pre play instructions, better than some.....I also think like you that there is more going on between the 30 or more who share a dressing room at Colney than meets the eye.....That number of virile young men working closely are bound to have differences....one sort or another ...Ahem..cough..cough!..know what I mean?..... ....Trev! ..Please refer to my 'Gardening Leave' comment! …..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • We have a whole world of problems to worry about and I become increasingly worried and frustrated about them all, but what is really starting to grate on me is this unnecessary insistence on playing in away colours all the time. We are the Canaries, we should play in yellow whenever possible. We may not be playing like Norwich City should, but we should at least look like them! I have no choice through lack of information why, other than to blame Mr Hughton for this too. I can only assume that yellow is too bright and 'showy' for him and that our away kit is more like his beloved Tottenham's kit. Obviously, I'm just baiting all the believers with this thought, mainly just to relieve the boredom...

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    North folk

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • I don't really mind what happens TK but something must change NOW or the unthinkable might happen. We can't get much worse can we?

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • I didn't think that I would ever say it, but a Pulis-managed side actually played better football than us today.

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    TiminCarlisle

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Sorry "no midfield urgency..."

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Could I ask one of the Hughton loving football intelligentsia exactly why they think Hughton is an adequate manager. Last season we heard: "they weren't his players" to excuse the fact that most of the individual performances were not as good as the previous season. This season we get: "it takes time for new players to gel" and "we don't have the money of the big teams". Why hasn't it taken Southampton's new players 20 games to gel? Why do most of the other teams, who also add to their playing squads, not seem to have problem with players taking time to gel? Could it be that other teams have the coaching staff and manager who acquire the right players in the first place then can vary tactics to bring out the best in them as well. perhaps having a charismatic leader helps too. So back to my original question, what has Hughton ever done right for Norwich City FC please?

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • This is only seen as a poor result because of our recent bad form. The fact is we beat a resurgent Pulis Palace at home and took an away point as well, that is damn good in anyones book. However when we won at home we luckily hung on and the team performance was woeful as normal. This is why people jump on CH, we are not playing well for 90 minutes in any game. Strange tactics and subs, hes just not helping himself. I dont believe the board can be happy but who else to appoint if they get rid, and then if we dont improve they will still get stick from some for getting rid of CH !!!!. Not an easy decision, but I cant see us improving under CH, he has had his time to impress and failed.

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    Jimhow

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Looking at our fixtures coupled with our form I don't see us making it to the magic 40. I think we're in trouble it's just that it seems there are quite a few matches between now and the end of the season so the trouble feels unreal. Its gonna sneak up and bite us on the a**e.

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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